What Have They Done With The Celebrity Profile?

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BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Where would we be without the culture pages of the New York Times to keep us up the second on the most meaningless stories of our time?

For example, the Times recently reported on the apparently-imminent extinction of the celebrity profile. You know, those long magazine or newspaper pieces that almost always begin with a description of what the celebrity is wearing, what they ate during the interview and where they ate it, and how the interviewer was feeling about it all?

Apparently, this precious genre of journalism is deader than the White House press briefing.

“Publications…have been forced to find ever more contorted ways to trade, at minimum, the feeling of control in exchange for precious access,” reports the Times. “Celebrities guest edit … special issues of magazines…. Magazines can simply assign a friend of the celebrity to conduct the interview. In Elle, Jennifer Lawrence interviewed Emma Stone. Blake Lively conducted Gigi Hadid’s Harper’s Bazaar May cover interview.”

Outside of Jennifer Lawrence I don’t know who any of these people are. But who with a life does?

I actually think the Times is late picking up on this trend. I seem to recall a wretched magazine in the early 90s called “George,” in which the late John Kennedy Jr. amused himself and his celebrity buddies by letting them pretend to be journalists.

The unimportance of all this reminds me of a great line a high school classmate of mine got off when a teacher complained about student apathy. “Who cares,” he wondered, “about apathy?”

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